Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft 2012: Multiple Linebackers on Tap Come Draft Day?
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No rest for the weary at One Buc Place. While many were out on their local Easter Egg hunt, Tampa Bay Bucaneers general manager Mark Dominik was signing defensive lineman Amobi Okoye, who from here on out will be referred to as "The Amoeba."
With The Amoeba in the house as insurance against the unpredictable physical states of Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, we can hear you out there still wondering aloud: "Where are the linebackers?"
Fact is, they may come in numbers at the upcoming draft, and for your reading pleasure, we offer today's look at some hot-shot linebackers that would look good in Pewter and Red.
Here's a question for you:
Just suppose for a moment that someone really wants to trade up to the fifth spot that the Buccaneers now occupy. Do the Bucs trade down and turn their attention to Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly?
He would be the fit at middle linebacker and would allow Mason Foster to move to the outside. It's certainly not out of the realm of possibilities.
If the Bucs don't trade down, then will they draft a linebacker in the second round?
Here's some prospects to consider:
Lavonte David: Plays the inside. He's 6'1", 225 pounds out of Nebraska. Rated a high second rounder, which would definitely slot him when the Bucs go for the 36th overall pick. Good prospect.
Would you be disappointed if the Bucs moved down and drafted Luke Kuechly?
Mychal Kendricks: Plays the inside, not a tall guy, but a hitter. He's 5'11", 240 pounds and plays physical. Definitely not your Barrett Ruud kinda guy.
Shea McClellin: Plays the outside. Boise State, big guy at 6'3", 258 pounds. If you're happy with Mason Foster inside, then here's the guy who can start on the outside for you. Big time motor.
Bruce Irvin: Plays the outside. West Virginia guy, good size at 6'3", 245 pounds. We've mentioned him before.
Bobby Wagner: Plays inside. Utah State, 6'1", 222 pounds, good prospect.
Along with those possibilities, consider some prospects who are projected to go in the first round, some later than others. What if one of these guys falls into the second round?:
Nick Perry: Plays outside. Southern Cal. He's 6'3", 250 pounds, projected later in first round.
Melvin Ingram: Plays outside, South Carolina, 6'2", 270 pounds, projected mid-first round.
Courtney Upshaw: Plays outside, Alabama. 6'2", 265 pounds, projected mid-first round.
Donta Hightower: Plays inside, Alabama. 6'4", 260 pounds, projected mid-first round.
So, remember these names.
There are always guys who move up and guys who move down.
The Buccaneers are in need of quality at the linebacker position.
Or so we think.
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